Day One opposes DIY rape kits known as 'MeToo Kit'
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) - A Providence advocacy group is opposing a Brooklyn-based company's product that allows victims of sexual assault to perform a rape kit in their own home.
The product is known as a 'MeToo Kit' and it has yet to hit markets, but the group Day One is already against them, saying the company is misguiding victims of sexual assault.
The kits are marketed as a way to get valuable DNA evidence after a sexual assault to help convict the rapist, all in the privacy of the victim's home. The DIY kit also allows the victim to go at their own pace during the course of the investigation.
However, there's been pushback against whether the evidence obtained at home could even be used in a courtroom.
"Nobody believes this will be admissible in court. So a victim that takes one of these kits at home and think they're doing the right thing, they're actually tainting evidence," said John Canole, Chief Strategy Officer with Day One. "Immediately raised some red flags for us."
Canole saying that Day One, as well as other advocacy groups around the country, are trying to capitalize on the MeToo movement.
"It seems implausible that someone would try to make money off of sexual assaults, but it kind of seems that's what's happening here," Canole said.
Canole said that there's much more that needs to be done after an assault takes place that the kit will not provide, such as a medical exam, STI and pregnancy tests, as well as counseling. All of these options would be allowed in court to help convict the rapist.
"[Day One] advocates can actually meet them at the hospital and kind of guide them through the process," Canole said.
According to Day One, a victim of sexual assault should go to a hospital within 96 hours of the attack.
An email sent to 'MeToo Kit' seeking comment was not returned.